Coral Oceans: KS3 Science

These resources for ages 11-14 are based on the journeys undertaken by science teams taking part in the Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions. Starting with the Great Barrier Reef in 2012, these expeditions seek to create a baseline survey of the world’s reefs as well as more in-depth research on the deep reef lying between 30m and 100m.

The lesson plans and accompanying activities are designed to introduce classes to what it is like to be an ocean explorer. Each lesson is designed around a ‘dive’ to investigate a particular science topic. These include identification, classification, food webs and symbiosis, adaptation and human impacts on the environment.

The enquiry-based resources incorporate the scientists’ experiences and research, and enable students to explore marine life on the reef and the threats facing it.


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  • Coral-Oceans-11-14-Science-Teacher-Book.pdf
  • Coral-Oceans-Science-11-14-L1-Slideshow-How-do-scientists-explore-underwater-ecosystems.pptx
  • Coral-Oceans-Science-11-14-L2-Slideshow-How-do-scientists-use-classification-in-coral-habitats.pptx
  • Coral-Oceans-Science-11-14-L3-Slideshow-How-is-energy-transferred-on-the-reef.pptx
  • Coral-Oceans-Science-11-14-L4-Slideshow-How-have-reef-specialists-evolved-and-adapted.pptx
  • Coral-Oceans-Science-11-14-L5-Slideshow-How-do-forces-affect-deep-coral-exploration.pptx
  • Coral-Oceans-Science-11-14-L6-Slideshow-What-is-the-effect-of-human-impact-on-the-reef.pptx
  • Coral-Oceans-Science-11-14-L7-Slideshow-How-do-scientists-share-their-findings.pptx

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Created: Apr 13, 2015

Updated: Mar 6, 2019

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pptx, 2 MB



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